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Topic: Pastor (11/30/06)
TITLE: A Life of Meaning
By Dave O'Neil
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Each day, it seems, breathing becomes more of a chore. The hum of the oxygen tank is a hollow assurance that everything must be fine. Hearing and sight slowly give way to sensitivity of touch. It becomes a special language that, as with everything, the younger ones seem to pick up more quickly and fluently. Anticipation of going home to her Lord and Savior is the only commodity that grows stronger anymore. It is her focus, her desire. She has earned it!
Pastors are known by those in their care as leaders by example, putting others best interests ahead of their own. They press on, punctuating moments of uncertainty, and even failure, with words of encouragement. There are times when preventative maintenance spirals into correction, in the form of a scripture or two. This done only in love, and quietly, with no hint of self-righteous satisfaction. Pride is compromised as a means to an end, never needing to get in the last word. But above all else, seeing the best in people when the rest of us might not, is a gift that amazes me.
Very few of us exhibit these measures of love in their day to day activities. As believers, however, we are all challenged to. This should not be a calling exclusively for those with the title of “pastor”. We all can think of special people, who by the Holy Spirit, are known for touching other lives in a special way. Some of us are fortunate to know them as “mother”.
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